Provo Bike Month 2019

Save the dates! May is National Bike Month and Provo will be celebrating the many benefits of bicycling! Whether you bike to work or school, ride to save money or time, pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment, or simply to explore your community – you’re going to love the events and activities we’ve got planned. We’ve put together a month full of events and activities to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride!

LIST OF EVENTS:

 

Snacks Outside Morning Ride – Wednesday, May 1, 7am; Provo Bicycle Collective

Every Wednesday morning, we will meet at PBC, ride somewhere pretty, and eat snacks. PBC employee Jordan will provide something to share, like muffins or granola bars. Bring a snack for yourself or to share. Want to eat ice cream for breakfast next to a lake? Do it! Need an excuse to get out of bed and ride your bike? Do it! Come start your morning off right!

Bike to Work Day – Wednesday, May 1, 7:30am-9am; throughout the city

Provo businesses will host stations located throughout the city and hand out free breakfast, drinks, and other treats to people who arrive by bike from 7:30 – 9:00 am. (Provo City’s breakfast station will be open at 6:30 am for early bird riders.) Pick up some breakfast, get to know your fellow commuters, and connect with your co-workers and friends! Map of locations

Social Ride, Bike Lanes – Wednesday, May 1, 5:30pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Casual rides around town with varying routes and times. No racing, no spandex, just a good-old ride around the city.

Bike to Art Stroll – Friday, May 3, 6pm-9pm; Downtown Provo

Ride your bike to Downtown Provo’s monthly Art Stroll to check out fantastic local artwork and shop at our fun and unique downtown businesses.

Bike-in Movie – Friday, May 3, 9pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Drive-In Movie = lots of stinky emissions
Bike-In Movie = no emissions
Bike-In Movie > Drive-In Movie
Come ride your bike over for a bike-themed movie (TBD). Bring something cozy to sit on, some snacks, and your friends.

Brunch on Bikes – Saturday, May 4, 9:30am-11am; Pioneer Park

Join a representative from Mad Dog Cycles for a cruise around town, stopping at many great restaurants along the way. Meet at Pioneer Park for departure. Anticipated stops include Provo Bakery, Ivie Juice Bar, Bianca’s La Petite, Peace on Earth Cafe, Fillings and Emulsions, and Hruska’s Kolaches.

Youth Open Shop Open House – Monday, May 6, 3pm-5pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Youth Open Shop is an afterschool program designed to teach bicycle mechanics to youth ages 8-18. Youth can work on their own bike, work on bikes for giveaway, or earn a bike for themselves by first working on bikes for giveaway.

Women’s Night Open House – Monday, May 6, 5pm-7pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Ever wanted to volunteer for Bicycle Collective? Come learn about Women’s Volunteer Night. You’ll meet ladies that are seeking to discover more about bicycle mechanics, or perhaps they’re just here for the fun community. Come ask us questions, maybe get your hands a little dirty. There will be snacks!

Women’s Volunteer Night happens weekly from 5-7pm on Mondays. This program offers a safe and supportive learning environment for females to volunteer in the shop and learn about bicycle mechanics.

Babes with Babes on Bikes Family Ride – Tuesday, May 7, 10am; Joaquin Park

Come join other bike-loving families on a friendly bike ride exploring bikeways and parks. Fantastic family time, great socializing opportunity, fun workout, and very eco-friendly. This ride will meet every Tuesday at 10am at Joaquin Park and end at the 11am storytime at Provo Library.

Snacks Outside Morning Ride – Wednesday, May 8, 7am; Provo Bicycle Collective

Social Ride, Tunnels and Tracks – Wednesday, May 8, 5:30pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Golden Spoke Ride (registration required) – Saturday, May 11, 7am-5pm; Provo Canyon

Move Utah, in partnership with the Wasatch Front Regional Council; the Utah Department of Transportation; Utah Transit Authority; Bike Utah; Jordan River Commission; Mountainland Association of Governments; Utah Department of Health; Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation; and Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber counties, invites you to participate in a group bike ride and family-friendly event to celebrate the Golden Spoke trail network. The Golden Spoke consists of over 100 miles of safe and connected multiuse trails, including Ogden River ParkwayDenver and Rio Grande Western Rail TrailLegacy TrailJordan River TrailMurdock Canal Trail, and Provo River Parkway, and links Ogden and Provo.

CycloFemme – Sunday, May 12, 6pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Every year in May, women around the globe band together on bikes to celebrate collective momentum. CycloFemme is a Global Celebration of Women created TO HONOR THE PAST from the shoulders of those who stood before us, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. TO CELEBRATE THE PRESENT with strength and courage, voices raised, moving together. TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women everywhere, the backbone of positive social change.

Babes with Babes on Bikes Family Ride – Tuesday, May 14, 10am; Joaquin Park

Snacks Outside Morning Ride – Wednesday, May 15, 7am; Provo Bicycle Collective

Ride of Silence – Wednesday, May 15, 6:30pm; Dixon Middle School

Join the Provo chapter of the Worldwide Ride of Silence on May 16th to ride to honor people who were killed or injured while biking this last year and last several years. We will begin at Dixon Middle School and go for a short, slow, silent ride with brief stops at the ghost bike memorials for Doug Crow and Mark Robinson, and return to Dixon Middle School where we will have light refreshments.

Social Ride, Moonlight – Wednesday, May 15, 8:45pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Bikes and Trikes Children’s Festival – Saturday, May 18; location and time TBD

Pull those kids bikes out of your garage and pedal on over to Bike Month’s best event for kids. Join us for arts and crafts, games, and free food!

8th Annual FFUFR Forest Race – Saturday, May 18, 6pm; Paul Ream Wilderness Park

FFUFR stands for Fun, Fun Underground Forest Race. Yes, it’s that fun!

This event consists of a ridiculous race through the forest and streams at Paul Ream Wilderness Park. Bikes will be provided. Please bring your helmet and a side to share for the BBQ! All ages and abilities are welcome, racing is not required; you can just watch if you’d like! Meet at the park at 6pm.

Babes with Babes on Bikes Family Ride – Tuesday, May 21, 10am; Joaquin Park

Snacks Outside Morning Ride – Wednesday, May 22, 7am; Provo Bicycle Collective

Social Ride, Sunset – Wednesday, May 22, 8pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Bike Campout in Provo Canyon (registration required) – Friday, May 24, 6pm; Provo Bicycle Collective

Get out of the city and into the mountains by pedal power. Join PBC staff as we cruise the Provo River Trail up to Nunn’s Park to camp. Bring your loved ones or meet some new friends around the campfire! All ages are welcome.

Registration fee includes campsite fee, campfire wood, and s’mores. Campers will need to bring their own sleeping arrangements (hammock, tent, sleeping bag, etc.), food, water, and some warm clothing for the night. If you do not have racks or bags to carry your gear on your bike, we’ll have a bike trailer that can carry up to 100lbs of gear and will happily shuttle your stuff.

Pedal Provo Ghost Tour (registration required) – Saturday, May 25, 9pm; Provo City Cemetery

Pedal Provo Ghost Tours is holding a very special tour in celebration of Provo Bike Month! Tickets are required to come on this ride so please visit their website for more info and to claim your spot!

Babes with Babes on Bikes Family Ride – Tuesday, May 28, 10am; Joaquin Park

Provo Bicycle Collective Gives Free Bikes to 53 Children

From BicycleCollective.org:

“On Saturday, March 24th, dozens of children lined up to receive a free bicycle from Provo Bicycle Collective.

Within one hour, PBC had given all 53 bikes to children for free.

Our hope is that each bike recipient uses his or her bike to get to school each day and continues that habit into adulthood. This way, we can reduce traffic, clean Utah’s air, and create a healthier population.

We need your support in this cause!

Donate money or bikes today. $30 provides a bike for a child in need! Please give today!

2018’s Golden Spoke Winter Bicycle Commuter Award Goes to …

At the City Council on January 23rd, Committee member Rachel Whipple presented Colby Sanford with this year’s Winter Commuter Award.

Here is Rachel’s recognition of Colby.

“For the past seven years, the Provo Bicycle Committee has been recognizing outstanding
bicycle commuters for their contribution to Provo by awarding the Golden Spoke Award.

We believe in cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation that can help create
a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. It has the advantage of being fun, too.

Several years ago, I received the Golden Spoke for giving up our family car during Lent and
blogging about my experiences cycling and walking. So I am happy to be able to pass this
award on to another person who bicycles.

Three years ago, we began recognizing winter bicycle commuters with the help of Canyon–now
Hangar 15–Bicycles, which generously sponsors the winter award.

In an action unanimously approved by the Committee, I am pleased to award Colby Sanford
as the recipient of the 2018 Golden Spoke Winter Bicycle Commuter Award.

This winter, Colby has been documenting his bicycle commute, taking pictures of his bike, and sending them to his friend, Chris Wiltsie, the newly elected chair of the bike committee. Colby’s bicycle commute from his home in the Maeser Neighborhood to BYU started out of necessity, but has became intrinsically valuable for him. Although this story began as private exchange of photos and encouragement between these two that strengthened their friendship, the consistency and example of Colby cycling, in all sorts of weather and the documentation of it, are making an important contribution to bicycling in Provo. 
Colby is a university student, like many Provo residents, and an artist. In the latter capacity, he
is very active in the Provo art scene and contributes to the eclectic vibrance of our community.
The Provo Bicycle Committee would like to thank Colby for showing all of us that it is possible to bicycle commute in winter, even when it snows.”